Georgetown Day School’s Office of Diversity is charged with ensuring that diversity, as a foundational philosophy, is integrated throughout the community and the curriculum
. When Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945, it did so as the first integrated school, public or private, in a segregated city. The parents who founded GDS believed that an integrated school would provide their children with a better and broader
Today, Georgetown Day School has evolved from its historic beginning as a color-blind institution to one that recognizes, understands, and celebrates the differences that make each of us unique while continuing to foster the universal values that we share. Our commitment to diversity remains a bedrock philosophy of GDS, fostering
the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of our students' lives. Through day-to-day activities, curriculum, and school-wide celebrations, GDS encourages respect for the variety of beliefs and backgrounds reflected in our diverse community of students, teachers, and parents.
The Office works closely with the principals and faculty to support a wide-range of learners and develop a keener sense of what each child needs to flourish. Affinity groups provide support for GLBT staff and students, young people of color, multiracial students, as well as various religious and ethnic groups. The Office also provides opportunities for students to be engaged in active social justice work.